Kim, Grace H.

Grace H. Kim

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Dates of Birth and Death

b. March 4, 1970


Seoul, South Korea


  • MArch, University of Washington, 2006
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Washington State University, 1993

Years of practice



  • Schemata Worskhop, Seattle, WA, 2004- Present
  • Place Architects, Seattle, WA
  • Bumgardner Architects, Seattle, WA
  • International Masonry Institute, Chicago, IL
  • Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL

Professional organizations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Cohousing Association of the US
  • Housing Development Consortium

Awards, honors and press

  • 2009 Seattle Mayor's Small Business Award (Schemata Workshop)
  • 2008 AIA Young Architect Award
  • 2004 Emerging Young Professional

Related websites


Chicago, Illinois, Seattle, Washington


Early life and education

Born in Seoul, South Korea on March 4, 1970, Grace immigrated to the US with her parents and infant brother in 1973.

They lived in the Seattle neighborhood of Lake City till age 5, when she moved to Mountlake Terrace where she attended Brier Elementary, Brier Terrace Middle School, and Mountlake Terrace High School.

In 1988, she graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School and moved across the state to Washington State University where she enrolled in the architecture program. She received her BS in Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Architecture in 1993.

Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago and worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill for over 4 years. She was then recruited to work for the International Masonry Institute as the Director for University Outreach, where she worked on masonry education programs with architectural and engineering schools.

In 1999, she moved back to Seattle and worked briefly at Jensen Fey Architects, then for two years at Bumgardner where she learned about marketing and firm management from principals Jennie Sue Brown and Mark Simpson. She then took those skills and applied them as a principal at Place Architects.

In 2004, Grace started a post-professional degree at the University of Washington which took her to Copenhagen for a two month travel fellowship to research Cohousing. Upon her return, she and her husband Michael Mariano started Schemata Workshop.

Press and Awards



2005 “New Group Seeks to Increase Pro Bono Work by Architects”- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

2005 “Design Detailings: Mariano, Kim form Schemata”- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce


2015 New Modular Multifamily Design Award Kirkland Avenue Townhomes (Schemata Workshop)

2015 AIA Home of Distinction MCM Lakehouse (Schemata Workshop)

2011 King County Executive’s Small Business Award (Schemata Workshop)

2010 NAHB & AARP Livable Communities Award (Schemata Workshop)

2009 Mayor’s Small Business Award (Schemata Workshop)

2008 Lifecycle Building Challenge (Schemata Workshop)

2008 AIA Young Architect Award

2004 Emerging Young Professional



“The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development” 2006